The lives of the rich and famous are often tempting and glamorous. Irresistible; the flashy cars, luxurious life, and expensive outfits that the famous stars often wear. The poor might end up cursing the day they were born but sometimes, the rich are often caught up in the success-web.
Success is the desire of most people (most people hate failure) but not everyone knows how to move on and chase (more) success. Most times, many people are trapped in the cell of success, and their passion and zeal surrender to the most recent success without vision and hunger for more.
Many people were half baked for the success they achieved early in their lives, the fame, and the money was bigger than what they could handle.
As good as success might be, it can also be a huge burden that crushes people if not handled properly.
Some of the celebrities and athletes that we know went from grace to grass not as a result of laziness but for some untamed habits that shot them down. While some were able to bounce back, others never did.
You must learn to differentiate your seeds from your harvest—seeds produce harvest.
SEVEN UNPRODUCTIVE MONEY HABITS
Have you seen a successful businessman/woman? Study their habits; perhaps you have seen a poor man, check his habits. Habits are everything—it either makes or mars a person.
The rich do the things that make them rich, while the poor have habits that keep them poor. Below are the seven (7) money habits that make a man poor:
1. Wrong company.
When a man keeps a company of his sense mates, it may be difficult to make meaningful progress in life. You need a mentor, someone with experience and can provide hindsight & foresight where career and wealth creation is concerned.
2. Inability to invest.
The poor work for money while the rich have money work for them. The rich spend their time looking for the best places/business, to invest their money in a bid to multiply it as time goes on, but the poor hardly save much less invest.
The concept of investing can be best explained from a farmer’s perspective, a farmer will invest (sow the seed) into the earth and get a harvest in return. Lastly, saving doesn’t make you wealthy, investing does.
3. Focus on survival.
The poor are perpetually in “Survival mode”. They acknowledge their needs but they consistently deny themselves by the inability to delay gratification. Moreover, they wallow in self-pity. They hide under escapists’ theories like “all is vanity”. Survive, but more importantly – thrive!
4. Poor money management.
One of the attributes of humans is the ability to manage resources and situations — time, money, problems, success, failures, and.
The poor lack money management skills and will often spend money on wants. The poor are most times unable to differentiate between asset and liability, so they spend more on liabilities than on assets.
5. The poor expect money miracles.
Poor people pray the most, that’s not saying the rich don’t have time for prayers. The expectation of the poor is that miraculous money will drop in their account. Whereas miracles do happen, they are not the foundation upon which wealth creation is built. Refusal to seek for financial knowledge because one is waiting for miracles is detrimental.
6. Lack of money-making ideas.
One way to make money is “idea”. An idea that solves a problem will make you money and if you are financially intelligent enough- wealthy. You are truly poor only when you lack ideas. Facebook is an idea of Mark; Coca-cola is someone’s idea, Honda automobile is someone’s idea. Great, innovating ideas get you into money.
7. Lack of financial knowledge.
You are only enslaved by what you don’t know. The poor lack the basic knowledge of how to make money and how to make money work for them; thus remaining in poverty. If you know what you don’t know – that is a call to seek knowledge and knowledge is only power when it is applied.
WHAT IS THE WAY OUT?
It may sound simplistic but if something seems simple – it will often require a great deal of attention. Very few people on planet earth are disciplined in their commitment to learning and earning.
Are you disciplined enough to keep working with the principles of wealth creation?
Yes, this is one of the virtues that the rich possess that keeps them on top of their game.